To celebrate 20 years of sophistication, Vera Wang has just launched a new fragrance, Vera Wang Anniversary. “Commemorating love, happiness and modern femininity, Vera Wang Anniversary is a sensuous woody floral with hints of red apple leaves, mandarin oil, gardenia, and orange flowers for the modern elegant woman.” The notes are: Top: Sicilian bergamot, red apple leaves, mandarin oil, cool dew drops. Middle: White gardenia, rose absolute, orange flowers. Base: Silky musks, orris, amber crystals, cedarwood.
This is a lovely floral scent with gardenia being the stand-out note in the mix. I love the smell of Gardenia–it’s a beautiful flower and holds beautiful memories for me. When I was in my early twenties, I dated an “older” man in his mid-30’s. He once took me to a party at one of his rich friends homes–‘ya know marble staircase, maids, piano by the pool. I was wearing one of my favorite dresses– a dress I had purchased from the designer herself when I worked at Nordstrom;-it had a peach background with white gardenias. Now that I look back, I was hot. As he was driving us to the party, he made a stop at the florist and bought me a single white gardenia for my hair. I smelled that delicious scent all night long and felt like a princess. Truly, it was one of those unforgettable times in my life when I felt really, genuinely pretty.
The fusion of gardenia, bergmont, and orange flower make for a soft and womanly scent. I say womanly because Vera Wang Anniversary is very different from Vera Wang Princess; there is no overt sweetness in Anniversary, it’s more grown-up and refined than Princess–if Princess is a teen, than Anniversary is Princess’s mother. Although the base notes are musk, amber and cedarwood, I cannot detect them–but that’s okay with me, I like floral feminine scents. I found this fragrance to last longer on me than some which I’m delighted about.
The bottle is a solid but pretty cut glass with lavendar “petals” all around. If you like dark, musky or oriental scents you’ll want to skip Vera Wang Anniversary. However, if you prefer light florals with substance, that are not cloying then go get Vera Wang Anniverary now!
Vera Wang Anniversary Eau de Parfum is available in : 1.7fl oz/50mL $72, 3.4fl oz/100mL $92 and also available in a shimmer rollerball .34 fl oz/10mL $25
Would you like to try this fragrance? Here’s your chance! You can win a bottle of Vera Wang Anniversary fragrance–to enter just leave me a comment and tell me a memory you have of a particuliar fragrance. Contest is open to U.S. only. One winner will be chosen at random (random.org) at Midnight PST on Friday, November 12th.
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